86 Points Robert Parker
The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz Black Label (53% of the former and 47% of the latter) reveals oaky (American) aromas intermingled with scents of chocolate fudge, cherries, and berries. Drink this uncomplicated, fleshy, ripe red over the next 2-4 years.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. August, 2003
95 Points James Halliday
Medium to full purple-red; both the bouquet and palate have an extra dimension of fruit complexity and depth, reflecting the fact that it is a blend of ten components selected from 160 separate high quality parcels earmarked for possible inclusion. The palate has a silky, supple smoothness, the oak evident but in no way excessive. The 53 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon component comes mainly from McLaren Vale, the 47 per cent Shiraz mainly from the Barossa, the balance from Langhorne Creek. Drink to 2009.
Source: James Halliday. February, 2003
"The oak regime that made Wolf Blass famous may be on the ease, but there’s un-integrated vanillin oak in abundance here. It’s married to significant swirls of cassis mind you, with mint and musk, but for all its velvety voluptuousness it presents remarkably simply. The bet is that it’ll build complexity with time, and it’s certainly got the acid and tannin to help it get there."
Rated : 92 Points
Drink : 2008-2015
By Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front